Energy is one of the largest and most complex climate challenges for New York City to tackle. Most of our energy comes from polluting fossil fuels, which damage local air quality and contribute to global climate crises. In addition, our energy supply system is increasingly strained under the weight of a growing population and aging infrastructure.
To achieve the City's aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals, the electric grid serving NYC must become 70 to 80 percent renewable. This will require working with the private sector, the state, and federal energy regulators to maximize renewable resources in the city, increase transmission from clean and carbon-free resources located outside the city, and replace New York City's aging power plants.